• Emma Watson giving talk to UN
12 Oct | Gender Equality

Emma Watson on the state of gender equality in 2016


"I don't know if I would have believed you if you had told me two years ago before I made my HeForShe speech that we might have the first female President of the United States..."

Two years ago, Emma Watson launched HeforShe at the UN with a history-making speech calling for gender equality.

Two years on, Watson is overwhelmed by the progress made.   "We've seen seismic shifts in culture recently," she told a crowd at the New York City Museum of Modern Art last night

Over a million men have pledged support to the UN Women movement, and while there is still work to be done, Watson is overwhelmed by the progress made in just two years. "We've seen seismic shifts in culture recently," she told a crowd at the New York City Museum of Modern Art last night. Watson was one of the last speakers in a stacked lineup that included speeches by Finland's President Sauli Niinistö, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Watson presented Trudeau a HeforShe pin on stage. She was very excited about it).

Elle (12 October 2016)